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Essex

Relax, enjoy and discover this beautiful county near London. Essex is a wonderful holiday destination, offering green expanses, fascinating history and a wealth of activities for all the family. Just a short distance from one of the world’s most vibrant cosmopolitan capitals, a break in Essex really does offer the best of Britain.

Essex is predominately rural with quiet country lanes, undulating countryside and pretty villages, ideal for gentle walks and country pubs. The county also has 350 miles of lovely coastline, which includes the coastal resorts of Clacton-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea.

Southend-on-Sea is practically synonymous with the classic idea of a British seaside holiday but it also has a few surprises - not least of which is the stunning Grade II listed pier, stretching over 2 kilometres into the Thames Estuary. If you’re holidaying with the family then they may also appreciate a visit to the Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park, 100 acres of farmland with cycling and walking trails and a host of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Some impressive examples of local history are available at Colchester Castle and the small but perfectly formed cathedral at Chelmsford. Colchester was the site of an important Roman settlement and Roman foundations have also been discovered at other locations such as Chelmsford and Braintree.

Less ancient history (but no less interesting) can be found at Audley End House, one of England’s grandest stately houses, dating from Victorian times or Hylands House and Estate which was built in 1730.

If you’d like to explore the greener pastures of Essex then visit RHS Garden Hyde Hall or take a stroll around Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve which is near the River Thames and an important spot for wading birds. The Beth Chatto gardens are another place that could go onto your agenda; extending over six acres these gardens were created out of an area that formerly consisted of boggy ground and poor soil.

With miles of protected green belt, some seriously impressive natural landscapes, fascinating displays of history and easy-access to London, Essex has a lot to offer.

All that remains is to find your perfect self-catering accommodation; take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Essex.
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  • Castle Hedingham, Essex
    Castle Hedingham, Essex×

    The Olde Cart Lodge

    Castle Hedingham, Essex

    5
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    Ref: BUT
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Within a rural location, this lodge lies on a working farm with commanding views reaching far down a valley.
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    Nestling in a rural location on the edge of Castle Hedingham and situated on a working farm, this spacious, renovated, detached cart lodge, adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse, commands far reaching views over a valley towards Hedingham Castle. Guests have their own garden area and use of the owner’s garden and extensive grounds. Castle Hedingham lies in the valley of the River Colne on the ancient road between Colchester, 20 miles, and Cambridge, 30 miles. Places of...

  • Brightlingsea, Essex
    Brightlingsea, Essex×

    Sea Folly

    Brightlingsea, Essex

    5
    3
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    Ref: UKC472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Centrally located in the seaside town of Brighltingsea, this holiday property is a great base for discovering all that Essex has to offer.
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    Sea Folly is a comfortable three-bedroom terraced house in the seaside town of Brightlingsea. Located just walking distance from the beach, this is a fantastic location to enjoy a coastal holiday with friends and family. Decorated and furnished to a good standard, the property has a spacious garden, dining room and cosy living room. Brightlingsea is a lovely and quaint seaside town with a boating lake, beaches and a lively busy harbour with boat trips available throughout the...

  • St Osyth, Essex
    St Osyth, Essex×

    Hycliffe

    St Osyth, Essex

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    1
    Ref: 24157
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Enjoy the beach, just a few yards away from this delightful property featuring brilliant sea views over Point Clear Bay.
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    Hycliffe is a tastefully furnished, single storey detached holiday property with the beach a few yards away and extensive sea views over Point Clear Bay and the bird sanctuary. Known as the sunshine coast, this part of Essex is a hidden gem and Hycliffe is ideally situated to visit the nearby resorts of Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton or for exploring nearby Constable Country and the county town of Colchester with its castle, museum and zoo. Ideal for cyclists, walkers and...

  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Sea Breeze

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    6
    3
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    Ref: UKC772
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Boasting sea views from the front of the property, Sea Breeze is in an idyllic destination for accessing all the local amenities.
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    Sea Breeze is a single-storey detached bungalow, on the coast of Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex. This well-managed property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard. Boasting spacious bedrooms, a comfortable living area and well-equipped kitchen, this is a perfect base for family and friends looking for a destination by the sea. It has sea views from the front of the property and lies just a short stroll to the beach. The large enclosed garden is a great feature for pets and children...

  • Maldon, Essex
    Maldon, Essex×

    Conifers

    Maldon, Essex

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    Ref: 25092
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Within the pleasant market town of Maldon, this holiday home offers a perfect base for touring the delights of Essex.
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    Situated in the pleasant market town of Maldon, this refurbished semi-detached holiday home offers a perfect base for touring Essex. Maldon, featured in several films and TV programmes, is famous for its sea salt, has a charming Victorian promenade park and is the home of the unique annual mud race. There is also barge sailing. Ideal for walkers and cyclists, with golf and sailing available locally. Easy access to London, Southend, Chelmsford and Colchester with its castle and zoo....

  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Sea Shell House

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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    Ref: 30472
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Just 200 yards from the beach this spacious property with a hot tub is great for families exploring the Essex coast.
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    This spacious, detached holiday home lies between lively Clacton-on-Sea, and the peaceful avenues of Holland-on-Sea, approximately 200 yards from the beach, and just a mile from Clacton Pier, with its rides, amusements, go karting and 10 pin bowling. Clacton town centre has numerous pubs, eateries, a cinema and shops. There are two fantastic theatres, hosting a variety of shows with celebrities and musicians throughout the year, and traditional pantomines at Christmas. The pier is...

  • Steeple Bumpstead, near Saffron Walden, Essex
    Steeple Bumpstead, near Saffron Walden, Essex×

    The Stable

    Steeple Bumpstead, near Saffron Walden, Essex

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: W43583
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Ely and impressive Audley End are within easy reach of this charming stable conversion which lies in the pretty village of Steeple Bumpstead.
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    This delightful semi-detached barn conversion, a former stable, has been lovingly converted to a very good standard and is set in the grounds of the owner’s inn within the pretty village of Steeple Bumpstead. The double bedrooms both have the benefit of a Freeview TV. The Stable is ideally placed to explore the many delights in the area, and is just 10 miles from the bustling town of Saffron Walden with its quaint pubs, restaurants and shops. Holidaymakers can enjoy cycling,...

  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Bay View

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: UKC489
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    Relax on the balcony overlooking the sea from this lovely townhouse, perfect for exploring historic Essex or even a day trip to London.
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    Boasting sea views from most rooms and a delightful balcony overlooking the beach, Bay View lives up to its name. This 3-storey, semi-detached townhouse, adjacent to the owners home, is located on the coast in Clacton-on-Sea. Just a short walk from Clacton Pier and a stones throw from the town’s award-winning beach, this property offers the perfect seaside holiday location for family and friends. Comprising a living room with dining area and separate kitchen, this is a great...

  • Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Hope House

    Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

    6
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    1
    Ref: 30042
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This unique seaside themed property provides an ideal family base, Clacton-on-Sea beach is close by.
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    This spacious, semi-detached, delightful seaside holiday property is in a fantastic central location. Hope House is unique and has been decorated with a seaside theme in mind and boasts a smart, spacious interior for families and couples. Private parking offers ease and flexibility, and guests also have the use of an enclosed courtyard for an evening BBQ and glass of wine. An ideal holiday base with Clacton Pier just a short stroll away where you will find traditional...

  • Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
    Leigh-on-Sea, Essex×

    Estuary View

    Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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    Ref: E5409
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A real gem, this delightful holiday property is set on a hill overlooking the river estuary; its decked balcony makes a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying sunsets
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    A real gem, this delightful holiday property is set on a hill overlooking the river estuary; its decked balcony makes a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying sunsets over the river, while the stylish interior offers a high standard of comfort, perfect for a family holiday whatever the season. Only 45 minutes from London by train (0.5 miles from station) and just yards from the old town of Leigh with its cobbled streets, traditional pubs, museums, restaurants serving local seafood...

  • Point Clear, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
    Point Clear, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex×

    Amelie Bay

    Point Clear, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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    4
    2
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    Ref: UKC943
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    This well-presented holiday home provides guests with a relaxing base, with the beach literally on the doorstep.
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    Amelie Bay is situated in a fantastic location overlooking the River Colne to East Mersea. This family friendly property is yards away from the beach, which offers a private beach area that is looked after by the owners. The property boasts stunning river views from the living room and a beautiful decked area that makes this a perfect place to sit on a summers evening and enjoy the sunset. Amelie Bay also featured on the popular Channel 4 TV show ‘Gogglebox’, home to one of...

  • Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex
    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex×
    Newly Listed
    Old Applecroft Farmhouse

    Old Applecroft Farmhouse

    Great Henny, near Sudbury, Essex

    8
    5
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    Ref: UKC1462
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Old Applecroft is situated within 7 acres of grounds, close to the Stour Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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    Old Applecroft Farmhouse is a delightfully, detached listed building and is accessed via a private track. Farmhouse style throughout it has the added feature of a large conservatory/games room (pool and table tennis) offering 180 degree views of the surrounding 7 acres of grounds. It is set over a large area and includes a separate wing with a further living/games room. Each booking will receive a welcome gift on arrival. For a large family, perfect for weekends away with close proximity...

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